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Johnny Depp Says He Takes "Stupid Money" Flicks For The Kids; Blasts Weinsteins Over 'The Libertine'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 3:15 AM
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While we've been pretty hard on Johnny Depp for choosing paychecks and big studio projects over more interesting if less lucrative fare, in addition to being one of the biggest stars on the planet, he's also a parent. And with that comes the responsibility of providing for his offspring that any Mom or Dad feels. So, while Depp's bank account could probably cancel the debt of a few small nations, when he inevitably puts on the eyepatch for "Pirates Of The Caribbean 5" (let's face it, it's gonna happen) he'll be doing it with some very special people in mind.
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Paul Feig Has Better Things To Do Than Direct 'Bridget Jones 3'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 5, 2011 2:56 AM
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When news arrived this summer that Paul Feig, riding very high off the smash success of "Bridesmaids" was looking to take on "Bridget Jones 3," it didn't quite make sense to us. Given that the helmer had a world of opportunity open up for him, it seemed strange he would take on the third instalment of a pretty tepid franchise as his followup. We figured that maybe he had a unique approach that would put his stamp on the material, but whatever he was planning, that's now all in the past as Deadline report Feig has bailed on the movie.

Billy Crudup Joins Ben Stiller & Vince Vaughn In 'Neighborhood Watch'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 2:37 AM
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Billy Crudup's always had a slightly uneasy relationship with celebrity. The stage star grabbed many with his film debut in Barry Levinson's "Sleepers," but ever since, he hasn't shown much desire to really jump on the A-list; every time he takes on a star-making turn like "Almost Famous," he returns to the stage, or makes a tiny little-seen indie, with his blockbuster performances tending towards supporting roles in the likes of "Mission: Impossible III" or "Public Enemies."

Joel Schumacher Says He Wanted Nicolas Cage To Play Scarecrow In The Aborted 'Batman Triumphant'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 5, 2011 2:16 AM
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The career of Joel Schumacher is a colorful one, filled with unpredictable twists and turns, hits and misses, star vehicles and no-name indies. He’s been everywhere and done everything, and his latest, “Trespass,” which hits theaters next Friday, is his second collaboration with Nicolas Cage after “8MM.” However, it was almost his third.

Exclusive: BAMcinématek's "Brooklyn Close-Up" Series Celebrates BAM's 150th Anniversary

  • By The Playlist
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  • October 5, 2011 2:00 AM
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Brooklyn-Centric Film Series Kicks Off On Halloween With Walter Hill's 'The Warriors,' Includes Films By Spike Lee, Noah Baumbach & MoreHere's a pretty cool treat for those that live in Brooklyn -- like many of us on The Playlist team. Beginning on Halloween (October 31), the excellent BAMcinématek repertory house will be launching their "Brooklyn Close-Up" series; a year-long retrospective that marks BAM's 150th anniversary and celebrates the rich film history that has taken place in the borough.

Arcade Fire Video Director Chris Milk & Megan Ellison To Turn Danger Mouse Album 'Rome' Into Movie

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:45 AM
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With music videos being the background of filmmakers as disparate as Spike Jonze and Michael Bay, it's always worth keeping an eye on who's coming up in that world, and a few months ago, we picked five who seemed the most likely to break out. One was Chris Milk, an artist who's combined more traditional clips for people like Kanye West and Modest Mouse with boundary-pushing interactive videos. That Arcade Fire clip from last year, the Google Chrome one for "We Used To Wait," where it showed your childhood home on Google Maps? That was him.

Joel & Ethan Coen Team With 'Cedar Rapids' Writer Phil Johnston For Fox TV Show 'HarveKarbo'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:26 AM
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No, We Don't Understand What's Going On Either The Coen Brothers have always delighted in evading expectations. Enjoy our dark film noir debut "Blood Simple?" Why not try our live-action Looney Tunes follow-up "Raising Arizona." Impressed by our multi-Oscar-nominated "Fargo?" Here's a stoner detective movie about bowling and German porn stars! We've finally reached mainstream success after the Best Picture-winning "No Country For Old Men" and the star-studded "Burn After Reading?" Let's make a dense, oblique Jewish period piece without a single recognizable face, and follow that with a curiously old-fashioned Western that turns out to be a massive box office hit!

Watch: Excellent, Action-Packed New U.K. Trailer For Steven Spielberg's 'The Adventures of Tintin'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 5, 2011 1:05 AM
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Even as a big fan of Steven Spielberg, this writer is strangely cool on "War Horse," the director's big awards hopeful this year. The full trailer, of course, debuted yesterday, and it looks handsome, and probably moving, and well-acted, but...there's something that's just not quite connecting there. Maybe it's that the Bearded One has something arriving more imminently that's taking up our focus, such as his long-in-the-works adaptation of "The Adventures of Tintin," which sees Spielberg team up with Peter Jackson to bring Hergé's beloved comic book boy detective to the screen with WETA-enhanced performance capture.

Hear About 4 Minutes Of 'Girl With The Dragon Tattoo' Score While Watching Razor Poster Get Made

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 12:59 PM
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Update: A new international trailer for "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" has also landed. It's essentially a re-edit of the lengthier domestic trailer but does have some brief glimpses of new footage. Watch below. [via ComingSoon]

Robert Forster Talks Auditioning For 'Reservoir Dogs' & How 'Jackie Brown' Boosted His Career

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 4, 2011 10:31 AM
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Thanks to Quentin Tarantino, it’s hard to imagine that there was a time when Robert Forster wasn’t a respected, steadily-working actor. But Forster himself admits that his career was “underwater” prior to being cast as Max Cherry in “Jackie Brown,” Tarantino’s adaptation of the Elmore Leonard novel "Rum Punch." In fact, he credits the filmmaker’s penchant for making unconventional casting choices for the career he’s enjoyed since the release of the 1997 film, which has included collaborations with Gus Van Sant, David Lynch, Walter Hill, Michel Gondry and Alexander Payne amongst other acclaimed filmmakers.

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